Mighty Red Pen

June 14, 2010

The well-mannered meerkat

Filed under: At home with MRP,Kidspeak — mighty red pen @ 8:05 pm

A conversation about manners, in which D. (age 4), learns about homophones:

D.: Do meerkats’ mommies teach them manners?
MRP: No, meerkats are animals. Animals don’t really have manners.
D.: But meerkats have manners, right?
MRP: No, not really. No manners.
D.: Meerkats have manners!
MRP: No . . . [a light dawns] . . . oh. Meerkats live in Meerkat Manor, but they don’t have manners.


  1. I sure miss the days of kidspeak; mine are teenagers now. That is a great one. Thanks for the laugh.

    Comment by Laura Payne — June 17, 2010 @ 5:04 pm | Reply

  2. That’s wonderful. And preserved forever on the intertubes so you can show his prom date when his Senior year rolls around…

    Comment by David — June 23, 2010 @ 12:08 am | Reply

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